Tradition, Transmission, Transformation: Proceedings of Two Conferences on Pre-modern Science held at the University of Oklahoma

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This volume is the outcome of two conferences held at the University of Oklahoma in 1992 and 1993 which dealt with issues of transmission and subsequent cultural transformations that occurred in the premodern histories of mathematics and science.
Some twenty contributors explore transmission from a variety of perspectives, including the role of language and other facets of culture in the transmission process, the interaction of popular and elite science in transmission, successful and less than successful episodes of scientific appropriation and the role of institutions in this process.
The volume uses the theme of transmission as a way to focus debate on the perennial issue of the continuity and discontinuity of ideas in the history of sciences.

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F. Jamil Ragep, Ph.D. (1982) in History of Science, Harvard University, is Associate Professor of the History of Science at the University of Oklahoma.
Sally P. Ragep, M.Ed. (1980), Boston University, is an educator and media specialist who has extensive experience eproducing graphical materials; she has also done editorial work in both English and Arabic. Her special interest is in the history of science, and she plans to continue work in that area.
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Table of Contents

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1 The Appropriation and Subsequent Naturalization of Greek Science in Medieval Islam: A Preliminary Statement 3
2 Transmission, Transformation, and Originality: The Relation of Arabic to Greek Geometry 31
3 The Transformation of Aristotle's "Physical Philosophy" in Ibn Bajja's Commentaries 65
4 Hebrew Mathematics in the Middle Ages: An Assessment 71
5 Regiomontanus' Role in the Transmission and Transformation of Greek Mathematics 89
6 The Classical Scientific Tradition in Fifteenth-Century Vienna 115
7 On Babylonian Astronomy and its Greek Metamorphoses 139
8 Kalam Atoms and Epicurean Minimal Parts 157
9 The Occult and the Manifest Among the Alchemists 173
10 The Relevance of Non-Primary Sources for the Recovery of the Primary Transmission of Euclid's Elements into Arabic 201
11 The Arabic "Version" of Euclidean Optics: Transformations as Linguistic Problems in Transmission 227
12 Transcriptions of Arabic Treatises into the Hebrew Alphabet: An Underappreciated Mode of Transmission 247
13 Islamic Acquisition of the Foreign Sciences: A Cultural Perspective 263
14 On the Role of the Muezzin and the Muwaqqit in Medieval Islamic Society 285
15 Roger Bacon's Appropriation of Past Mathematics 347
16 Liminal Perils. Early Roman Receptions of Greek Medicine 369
17 Intercultural Transmission and Selection: Greek Toponyms in Arabic Geography 419
18 Decline and Fall: Arabic Science in Seventeenth-Century England 441
19 Indian Reception of Muslim Versions of Ptolemaic Astronomy 471
20 Was the Scientific Revolution Really a Revolution in Science? 489
21 Understanding Change and Continuity 527
Conference Programs 553
Conference Participants 557
Index 563
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